Friday, October 20, 2017

Chapter Updates - October 2017

Get ready for HLAA2018 Convention!
Early-bird registration for the HLAA2018 Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota is now open! Leaders and delegates must register using a registration form – online registration is NOT available due to the type of information collected on the form and due to the fact that we must have a current State/Chapter Update form on file (an annual requirement). The form is available on the Convention page. State associations/offices and chapters may register up to 4 officers (i.e., president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer) PLUS 1 Delegate (encourage a member who is being groomed for a leadership role to use the Delegate registration). 

The deadline for early-bird registration is March, 31. After this, you will have to use the regular registration form. 

Questions? Email Niaz Siasi, Meeting Planner at

Now Accepting HLAA2018 Awards Nominations
You can find the awards nominations packet and more information here.

HLAA will honor outstanding individuals, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations, companies, and corporations at the HLAA2018 Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in June 2018. The presentations will take place at two separate events. Awards to states and chapters will be presented on Wednesday evening, June 20 at the State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony. On Thursday morning, June 21, presentations of the national awards will be delivered at the National Awards Breakfast & Ceremony.

Please submit nominations by email to by December 8, 2017. Please note in the subject line:  “Awards:  Name of the Award.” We appreciate all submissions by email because time and geographical constraints makes dissemination to committee members more efficient. Thank you for your cooperation.

Chapter Speaking Engagements
On October 28, Erin Mirante, National Chapter Coordinator, will attend the annual Wisconsin State Association meeting and present the workshop Growing Your Chapter and You. Erin will cover a variety of topics, including education, marketing, fundraising, advocacy, increasing membership, as well as individual member goals and needs. For more information and to register for this event, visit the HLAA Madison Chapter website.

On Thursday, November 16, the HLAA Greater Baltimore Chapter will welcome HLAA’s Executive Director Barbara Kelley as their featured speaker at their chapter meeting. For more information, contact chapter president Carrie Nicholsen at

Wonderstruck Free Open-Captioned Screening
If you are in the Maryland/DC area, do not miss out the opportunity to watch a free screening of Todd Haynes’ new movie Wonderstruck. The Hearing Loss Association of America and Amazon Studios cordially invite you to a courtesy open-captioned screening of Wonderstruck in Bethesda on Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30).

Bethesda Screening: Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814
Visit the Facebook page for more information.
Please email Erin Mirante at to RSVP. Tickets are limited, and based on a first come, first served basis. RSVP gives priority seating but does not guarantee a seat so arrive early. If you RSVP’d and are unable to attend, please let HLAA National Chapter Coordinator Erin Mirante know ASAP so that we may release your seat for another attendee. 

Thank you all and have a great weekend!

Erin Mirante
National Chapter Coordinator